Dr. Peters developed the HS Mindfulness Model based on HS Original Research, an extensive review of existing mindfulness models, research on mindfulness, and our personal and professional experience working with individuals and organizations.
Before we consider the four primary components of awareness, acceptance, balance, and compassion, we start at the center with the simple truth that we are “here“, which is the essence of mindfulness. Wherever you are, wherever you go, you are here, in the present.
Next, we remember that mindfulness is a conscious choice we make. If we do not choose to be mindful, we remain immersed in our thoughts, feelings, and sensations. To be immersed in our thoughts, feelings, and sensations is neither “good” nor “bad”. Where you want to be in terms of mindfulness depends on what your intention is.
The spiral represents our perspective. Like many living things we tend to change and grow in a spiraling pattern. We revisit our challenges many times, always with a little more knowledge and perspective.
When we are ready to take mindfulness to the next level, it can be useful to start with awareness and make our way around the spiral:
1. We practice awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodies and environment;
2. We accept ourselves, others and our environment as being exactly the way it should be in that moment;
3. We practice compassion for ourselves and others;
4. We practice emotional balance and the magic of finding a happy medium.